Almost every day we read in the newspapers that yet another deadly event has occurred between Hamas and Fatah in the Palestinian territories.  In order for peace to prevail, it is obvious that these two opposing groups of people must put their differences aside and somehow form a unified government.

It would seem logical that Israel’s Arab neighbors would rise to the occasion and put real pressure on Hamas and Fatah to put aside their differences and make peace.  But they do not.  The question is, “Why?”

What’s in it for them?  There must be a payoff in keeping Palestinians stirred up and hostile.  If world attention is directed towards fighting between Hamas and Fatah, then the world won’t notice what is actually happening in other Arab countries.

Take Iran and Syria for example.  Syria has offered a pathway for terrorists to smuggle weapons into the Palestinian territories, while Iran has a questionable and potentially dangerous nuclear development program underway.  These rogue countries have needed world attention to be focused in other directions.  With Syria making headline news right now, the world is even more distracted from watching Iran.

Fanning the flames of discontent and violence between Hamas and Fatah and blaming Israel keeps eyes off the real culprit, Iran.  Israel becomes the scapegoat and is blamed for everything bad that happens inside the Palestinian territories and is called upon to take corrective actions.  Peace is only achievable when there is a sincere desire by all parties involved. 

Because Israel is projected to be the guilty party, she is constantly being forced to defend herself one way or another.   Take public opinion, for example.  When Israel bows to public pressure, she loses much more than she gains.  Another is the Palestinian assertion that it is their right to demand the right of return for refugees as part of the peace process.  They claim it is non-negotiable.  Israel would be devastated as a nation should that be agreed upon.

I hope and pray that Israel continues to stand firm.  If a person does not understand the very serious scenarios that could develop if Palestinian refugees were to return to the West Bank and Gaza, refusal may sound unreasonable and harsh.  It is not so; it is a matter of self-preservation.